Chinese Medicine promotes the body’s natural healing abilities and has been found to be beneficial for the treatment of a broad range of health conditions.
Some Commonly Treated Conditions
- acne and other skin problems
- back pain
- digestive disorders
- headaches and migraines
- joint/muscle pain
- sleep disorders
- general health maintenance
Acupuncture is an aspect of Chinese medicine that is based on the principle that our health is dependent on the balance of the body’s life force energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi flows within the body, concentrated in invisible channels or meridians. These meridians are separate from the nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic ducts. Qi is present in every living creature. As long as this Qi flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but if this flow becomes blocked, the system is disrupted and disharmony may occur. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles at specific points on these channels. By stimulating certain points, the Qi is unblocked. Freeing up this “life force Qi” leads to harmony and balance in the body.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal Medicine has been used as a natural remedy for human ailments throughout man’s history. As part of his overall treatment program, Greg Ruvolo will analyze the pattern of disharmony in the patient, and recommend a Chinese herbal formula to treat acute and/or chronic complaints safely, without side effects. Everyone is unique. The herbs prescribed will be tailored to the individual’s particular health needs. The herbs complement the acupuncture treatments and nutritional recommendations, and are dispensed in user-friendly liquid, granule, capsule or tablet form.
Herbal Medicine’s long history began in the orient and developed as a mixture of philosophical and empirical observation. The Chinese materia medica, (also know as the Shen-Nung Herbal Classic) first dates back to the Stone Age and was completed in the latter part of the 5th century B.C. With the help of modern research and science, Chinese Herbal Medicine has gained momentum in present day treatment options; however, its roots still remain true to its fundamental concepts of harmony and balance.
Chinese Therapeutic Nutrition
Chinese Therapeutic Nutrition is a complete system of dietary therapy based on the principles of Chinese Medicine. Emphasis is on maintaining a balanced, flexible diet rather than following rigid dietary rules. For centuries, food and eating habits have provided the basis for maintaining health and treating disease in the day to day life of the Chinese people, and dietary therapy has proven to be an essential component for dealing with many chronic and disabling ailments. Sometimes a simple change, deletion or addition to your daily diet can significantly change your life.
Cupping is a method of treating disease by moving local congestion or stagnation. A partial vacuum is created in special glass cups, traditionally by means of heat, which are then applied to the skin, drawing up the underlying tissues. This cupping method has the function of warming and promoting the free flow of Qi and blood in the meridians, dispelling cold, diminishing swellings and pains.
Typically used for muscle aches, strains, cough, asthma, and scars.
An East Asian healing technique, gua sha (pronounced gwah sha) is typically performed by an acupuncturist, but no needles are used. Instead, the practitioner uses a round-edged, handheld instrument on a particular area of the body to repeatedly “press-stroke” (stroke while applying gentle pressure) without breaking the skin.
“The purpose is to alleviate what in Chinese medicine is called ‘blood stagnation.’ This represents a kind of contraction of capillaries near the skin’s surface and is associated with fixed or recurrent pain and sometimes illness. Moving the congested blood improves circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs directly beneath the area being treated.
Acupressure, Massage, Bodywork
Tui-Na (Chinese Massage)
Tui Na is Chinese massage therapy. Archaeological studies in recent years have shown that as early as the late period of the New Stone Age, around 2700 B.C., the Chinese ancestors in the Yellow River valley summed up the primitive experiences in massage which have been accumulated by their forefathers in their struggle for life and the fight against nature. Tui Na therapy is an external treatment of traditional Chinese medicine. According to syndrome differentiation and therapy selection, the Tui Na specialist applies special techniques to specific areas or points on the patient’s body.
Qi Gong (Therapeutic Exercise)
Qi Gong is a type of exercise utilizing special postures to achieve correct alignment. These postures are practiced with a quiet mind and movement of the breath to open blockages in the body. Qi gong is usually practiced in either a stationary position (standing or sitting) or in a series of movements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the needles clean?
At Sound Body and Soul, we only use sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.
Are the needles painful?
Most patients feel no pain when the acupuncture needles are inserted -in fact, many patients do not even feel the needles being inserted, and some even fall asleep during the treatment. Patients are surprised to learn that acupuncture needles are extremely thin and solid, unlike hypodermic (injection) needles, which are thick and hollow.
What can I expect during the treatment?
During your initial exam, the practitioner will ask you questions regarding your health history to help in the assessment of your condition/complaint. They will then check your pulses, examine your tongue, and conduct the appropriate physical exam. After the interview process, you will receive an acupuncture treatment, which ranges from about 60-90 minutes. Positive effects for your condition begin immediately after the first treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend upon the severity and nature of your complaint.
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
Some insurance companies provide acupuncture benefits. Contact your insurance provider to learn whether or not they cover acupuncture by a licensed acupuncturist, and how many visits are allowed per calendar year. We do not accept assignment, but we are happy to give you a bill that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement.
What type of education must an acupuncturist receive? How long does it take to be licensed?
Acupuncturists receive four years of extensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a comprehensive national exam from the National Certification of the Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as well as meet strict guidelines to practice in each state.